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UMES's Nine-Foot Mascot

The old, short Hawk. Who's that in the background?

The Atlantic 11 voters (see below) have already made their mark, with Voter Scott e-mailing urgent developing news from Maryland-Eastern Shore's Midnight Madness Hawk Hysteria festivities:

Harry the Hawk, made his debut, sort of.

To introduce the new mascot a skit was performed in which an old version of Harry came out, danced, and then was called in to the athletic director's office and fired. Immediately following his dismissal the new and improved Harry (all nine feet of him) made his official debut to a roar from the crowd.

"We wanted to do something fun and exciting for the fans. The new Harry is larger than life and the biggest mascot in the MEAC, so we thought it was fitting that he made a grand entrance," said Athletic Director Keith Davidson.

Forget the MEAC, I'm thinking nine feet of Hawk must make Harry one of the biggest mascots in the country. (No, Brady Quinn, no need for "nine feet of Hawk" jokes, thanks.) It's a little unsettling that Harry shares a name with the Atlanta Hawks' mascot, but still, the New Harry might be No. 1 in the preseason Atlantic 11 Mascots Poll.

In other Local Poll news, Ken Pomeroy has a two-part ACC preview, George Mason celebrates breasts, former VCU star B.A. Walker has signed with Icelandic club Keflavik, ODU has a freshman who might cut his head on the rim while dunking, and Seth Greenberg borrows the 2006-07 Wizards' "Go All In" mantra.

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 16, 2007; 11:59 AM ET
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1. It puts the Morgan Bear to shame.

2. That will probably be the biggest attraction on the entire Eastern Shore this winter.

3. Why are so few people attending Midnight Madness in that pic? Ah, how could I forget? The event was scheduled on the same night UMES students usually loot the Salisbury Wal-Mart in throngs.

Posted by: | October 16, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

The Bill Roth article your post links to is a a preview for the 2006-2007 season at Virginia Tech.

Posted by: sitruc | October 16, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

The mascot in the back of the picture is Sherman the Shorebird from the Delmarva Shorebirds baseball team. They play in Salisbury.

Posted by: PBF | October 16, 2007 3:09 PM | Report abuse

are there rules against mascots actually playing in games? i'm thinking Harry could make 2nd team all-MEAC simply by standing under the rim and flapping his wings.

also, how many pageviews do you think the UMES page at CSTV got before you linked to it? 12? 8? god bless whatever intern has to keep that section up to date.

OK, can't stop - also note that the UMES article diverges from the festivities to note that "The evening started with a MEAC conference volleyball match between UMES and Hampton. The hottest team in the conference lived up to their billing with a 3-0 (30-22, 30-22, 30-20) win and extended the third longest winning streak in the nation to 16 games, bringing their record to 18-3 overall and 7-0 in the MEAC." which brings 2 questions to mind - 1) NCAA volleyball games go to 30? and 2) where is the UMES volleyball coverage in the Bog?

Posted by: jamie | October 16, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

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